Two-time Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Gill Landry, has ten UK dates in the new year in support of his new album out on the Loose record label, ‘Skeleton At The Banquet’. Landry is one of the 75 acts due to appear at the Americana Music Association UK’s showcases at the end of January before … Continue reading “Gill Landry announces UK tour dates”
Bloodshot Records came into being 25 years ago with the release of a compilation album of ‘Insurgent Chicago Country’. In their own words, “It embraced the pathos and quotidian hardships of classic country with the energy and immediacy of punk.” Now, on their 25th anniversary, they have released another compilation to shine a light on … Continue reading “Various Artists “Too Late To Pray: Defiant Chicago Roots” (Bloodshot Records, 2019)”
As we pointed out last week (our regular reader will remember) The Editor – ever a man to reflect the zeitgeist – has determined that now is the time for the Americana-UK decennial election. For the uninitiated we are a democratic organisation and hold regular elections for those in high office.
‘Wildwood Kin’ is the eponymous second album from the Exeter based three-piece, consisting of sisters Beth and Emilia Key and their cousin Meghann Loney. On the album, the band have co-written a number of songs with the likes of Gabrielle Aplin (‘Wake Up Sleeper’), Angelo Petraglia (‘All On Me’), Alex Davies (‘Signals’) and Ed … Continue reading “Wildwood Kin “Wildwood Kin” (Silvertone Records/Sony 2019)”
Certain albums, need to be heard at a particular time of day. You wouldn’t listen to ‘Never mind the Bollocks’ at breakfast, nor ‘No Sleep Till Hammersmith’ with tea and toast. Likewise, this album needs to be heard, and sounds best, late in the evening reflecting on the day, with a glass of something to contemplate. It is … Continue reading “Amber Cross “Savage on the Downhill” (Independent, 2019)”
Oh crikey, this is looking like it’s going to be an event and a half. What’s probably turning into the UK’s biggest americana and country music festival has just announced some more names to its line-up for this year, and some of them are huge, including: sister trio The Staves who toured with First Aid … Continue reading “Black Deer adds Case, Kristofferson and Earle (Justin Townes) to 2019 line-up”
And we’ve got details of other awards here too. The fourth annual UK Americana Awards will take place on Thursday 31st January 2019 at HackneyEmpire, and the AMA-UK has chosen Graham Nash to receive its highest honour, the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award, in recognition of his contribution to the Americana genre over the span of his … Continue reading “UK Americana Awards 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award to go to Graham Nash”
This is rather endearing. Paste report this morning: “Rather than crafting new heartbreak ballads or covering hit Taylor Swift albums, Ryan Adams has lately turned his musical genius towards the muse that is the independent media of Colorado. Last week, Adams shared a new song dedicated to regional radio station “105.5 The Colorado Sound,” and on Tuesday … Continue reading “Ryan Adams gives shout out to Colarado media (again)”
Jess Vincent and her partner, Jozeph Chowles, have achieved something quite amazing with this record. Between them they have written and produced every track on this album. They’ve also played every instrument and provided all the vocals. That would be impressive enough if we were just talking about a couple of singing guitarists but the … Continue reading “Jess Vincent “Lion’s Den” (Kosternurka Records, 2018)”
Reviewing an album which has already spent three weeks at number 1 in the UK country charts feels a bit like being the last person to get to a party that’s already been underway for some time but, feelings of social anxiety aside, it’s better to be late than never.